Eagles release DT Cullen Jenkins

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Philadelphia parted ways with the defensive tackle after two seasons.

The Philadelphia Eagles released defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on Monday, according to the team's official website.

Bleeding Green Nation : Eagles will save over $5 million

Jenkins, 32, is on the books for a $5.5 million cap hit next season -- a top-six figure on the Eagles for 2013. The Eagles will still pay Jenkins $1.5 million, giving the team an extra $4 million to play with under the salary cap.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said the move was in the "team's best interest:"

"I had a chance to speak with Cullen today and let him know of our decision," said general manager Howie Roseman. "It's one of the most difficult parts of the job. He has been a very productive player in this league for a long time but we felt it in our team's best interests that we go in a different direction. By releasing him at this point, it gives he and his agent more time to sign on with another team. We wish Cullen and his family all the best as he continues his NFL career."

Jenkins spent the last two seasons with the Eagles after signing a five-year, $30.37 million contract after the 2010 season. Jenkins still had had three seasons left on his contract.

Jenkins was consistent for the Eagles during his two seasons. Last year, Jenkins started all 16 games, recording 27 total tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In 2011, his numbers were similar: 40 total tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Jenkins spent the first seven years of his career with the Green Packers. In his time with the Packers, Jenkins tallied 29 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

More in the NFL:

NFL Mock Draft: We have a new No. 1

Who will trade for Alex Smith?

"Best player available" and other lies

GIF: Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin with blistering 40s

Mike Mayock explains why he likes big butts

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.